The Law Market and the Trump Effect

“As hedge funds put more resources into litigation financing, they’re commodifying the practice as an investment vehicle and minimizing risk by relying less on legal instincts about a specific case and more on data. “At the intersection of litigation and finance, you get people from both litigation and finance involved, neither understanding the other side,” says Toby Unwin, chief innovation officer at the big data firm Premonition. He’s trying to bridge that gap, helping lead his companies efforts to turn litigation financing into a science, by combing through court records that live in disparate databases, analyzing the success rates of specific lawyers and attempting to package and sell that information to investors.:
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“At the other end of the spectrum is Mighty, a company clearly inspired by Kickstarter, which takes a crowdsourced approach to litigation financing, offering a platform where individual investors (mostly other attorneys, according to company founder Joshua Schwadron) can pick and choose among potential cases in an online marketplace. Schwadron writes passionately about his company providing ‘power to the plaintiff,’ who might be otherwise unable to afford justice. He also dangles the prospects of 30 percent annual returns on investment; but, in a marketplace like this, it’s easy to see people choosing to back lawsuits because a case pulled at their heartstrings, or simply on a whim.”
Peter Thiel Isn’t the First Rich Person to Invest in a Lawsuit, by Josh Fruhlinger, Mel Magazine, May 25, 2016

Coming to a courtroom’s jammed schedule near you in the near future. I suppose this was inevitable, and in a sick way, natural. If it’s something you can make off, someone somewhere will make money off it somehow.

It’s really too bad I can’t quote from the Ntl Memo w/out getting charged by the word or a C&D (really, and fuck you Ntl Memo, you’re off the RSS reader) because Mike Tokars had a nice article there on Paul Ryan fixing a vote on LGBT discrimination by businesses with federal contracts. Tokars point was that as long as Trump is getting away with anything and everything, he’s inspiring the same kind of behavior in, well, Paul Ryan, at least. And this doesn’t cheer my sad musings on how the hell are we going to recover as a country from the Trump candidacy? God knows I was trying to ignore this election, but it’s become a nightmare I’m apparently not going to be allowed to wake up from.

Yes, I know it’s been a long time since I’ve blogged here, but I thought I’d better get my chops back up in case the good Lord does not have mercy on the United States and something unspeakable happens in November. I hope the Minute Men bloggers won’t have to swing back into action, but it’s always best to hope for the best while preparing for the worst. Or something.

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Double dream day

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After meeting Clint Eastwood in Carmel, CA…

And a not so good dream (but a great fantasy),

And on the same day, too. Weird.

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Public Art in Lincoln Heights

Not collage, but I made it anyway. Photos, 34 pages, 32 images, unlimited fun. Public Art in Lincoln Heights, as noticed by Ginger Mayerson. Also on Amazon, but you can look that up yourself.


Sample pages

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The Wolf, by Tom Neely

The Wolf is one of the best books I’ve seen in a year.

Here’s a book trailer that doesn’t do it justice, but is good nevertheless (muting the sound is okay, there’s no voiceover to miss)

The author and artist of The Wolf, Tom Neely, is selling The Wolf and many other fine publications at the LA Art Book Fair this weekend in the Zine Room right side appendix. It’s hard to explain, but I’ll try: when you go into the Zine Room, head for the wall in front of you and turn right when you get there. Then turn right again and walk to the next wall in front of you (either a small or tiny walk, depending on where you entered the Zine Room), then look behind you and slightly to the left, and there’s Tom’s table. If the outside front roll-up door is open, then that’s lucky, because that’s where Tom is. Yes, complicated, and a map would help, but there isn’t one, alas. Anyway. If you can get to the fair today or tomorrow, it’s totally worth the effort. If you can’t get to the fair, then have a look at Tom’s work at his site, and get a copy of The Wolf. You’ll be glad you did!

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Ginger Mayerson Collage 2012 and 2013

Wow. 100 pages; 98 images. Ginger Mayerson Collage 2012 and 2013. Also on Amazon, but you can look that up yourself.


Sample pages

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13 years of the Hackenblog!

Yay!

Here’s where we got our start: Hackenblog 1.0

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December Postcard 5


December Postcard 5
December 12, 2015
magazine collage
4×6″

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December Postcard 4


December Postcard 4
December 12, 2015
magazine collage
4×6″

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December Postcard 3


December Postcard 3
Czech postage stamp
December 12, 2015
magazine collage
4×6″

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Bow down to the IRS (heh)

“Mr. Alford, a young special agent with the Internal Revenue Service assigned to work with the D.E.A., isn’t the first person to feel unappreciated at the office. In his case, though, the information he had was crucial to solving one of the most vexing criminal cases of the last few years. While Silk Road by mid-2013 had grown into a juggernaut, selling $300,000 in heroin and other illegal goods each day, federal agents hadn’t been able to figure out the most basic detail: the identity of the person running the site.”
The Tax Sleuth Who Took Down a Drug Lord, by Nathaniel Popper, December 25, 2015

This made me really happy.

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December Postcard 2


December Postcard 2
Czech postage stamp
December 12, 2015
magazine collage
4×6″

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Happy New Year, everyone!

2016

And an election year… yay. Don’t forget to register to vote. Californians, I’m looking right at you. There’s hope for another chance to vote out the stupid, expensive, and barbaric death penalty we have going in this crazy State. If Governor Moonbeam won’t commute all 745 of them to life without possibility of parole (truly a fate worse than death in our prisons), then it’s up to the voters of California to get this monkey off our backs. More on this as I get it. Thank you for your attention.

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December Postcard 1


December Postcard 1
Czech postage stamp
December 12, 2015
magazine collage
6×4″

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Who Dat?

Jeff Corey, M.D.

Oh, goodness, it’s Dr. Jeff Corey, Mary’s forgotten boyfriend.

Jeff Corey, M.D.

Well, apparently not forgotten by her, so that’s good. I wonder if they’ll get married one day. He did ask her a few years ago. I haven’t forgotten, even if Mary has.

(How painful this first post after the demise of Apartment 3G is. I suppose I’ll get over it someday.)

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Apartment 3G deathwatch: day 6 of 6 Finale (of sorts)

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This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.

The Hollow Men, T.S. Eliot

Apartment 3G deathwatch because I can’t go through this alone. Let’s see how horrible it can get. Pretty damn horrible, I would say.

Day 6, last day ever: Oh, for God’s sake. Run it into the ground and leave it to bleed to death, didn’t you Bolle and Shulock? Bolle’s career is over, but anyone who’d hire Margaret Shulock to do anything should remember what she did to Apartment 3G at …read more

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Apartment 3G deathwatch: day 5 of 6

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Apartment 3G deathwatch because I can’t go through this alone. We’ve got 6 days of a formerly great soap comic, let’s see how horrible it can get.

Day 5: “So smile, Margo, and move on.” Will these be the words our heroine bestows upon us that we might face the future without fear, regret, or despair? If so, then screw you, Margo. Don’t let the screendoor hit you on the ass on your way out. Bitter? Moi?

Day 4: Finally MARGO! And this is all we get? I’m too numb to be outraged.

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Apartment 3G deathwatch: day 4 of 6

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Apartment 3G deathwatch because I can’t go through this alone. We’ve got 6 days of a formerly great soap comic, let’s see how horrible it can get.

Day 4: Finally MARGO! And this is all we get? I’m too numb to be outraged.


Day 3: “Here comes Margo!” God laughs at me and my puny hope that maybe, just maybe, this strip will have a decent ending.

In other strip ending news, Momma (have read) and Lockhorns (dislike) ended today. Thank goodness Comics Curmudgeon is on the job (unlike Shulock and Bolle, alas).
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Apartment 3G deathwatch: day 3 of 6

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Apartment 3G deathwatch because I can’t go through this alone. We’ve got 6 days of a formerly great soap comic, let’s see how horrible it can get.

Day 3: “Here comes Margo!” God laughs at me and my puny hope that maybe, just maybe, this strip will have a decent ending.

In other strip ending news, Momma (have read) and Lockhorns (dislike) ended today. Thank goodness Comics Curmudgeon is on the job (unlike Shulock and Bolle, alas).

Day 2: Really? They’re wasting time on a wedding no one sane cares about? Really? Oh, ignoble death, blah blah blah.

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Apartment 3G deathwatch: day 2 of 6

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Apartment 3G deathwatch because I can’t go through this alone. We’ve got 6 days of a formerly great soap comic, let’s see how horrible it can get.

Day 2: Really? They’re wasting time on a wedding no one sane cares about? Really? Oh, ignoble death, blah blah blah.

Day 1: Oh, yeah, this is a really important story arc to crash.

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Apartment 3G deathwatch: day 1 of 6

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Apartment 3G deathwatch because I can’t go through this alone. We’ve got 6 days of a formerly great soap comic, let’s see how horrible it can get:

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2016 Collage Calendar

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2016 collage calendar very kindly curated by Kathleen M. Warner. Thank you, Kathleen! This wouldn’t have happened without you!

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On being single in the 80s

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Ah, Doonesbury, thank you.


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I hope you have enjoyed this trip down memory lane.

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How annoying

Perhaps Margo is right. Am I insane? Margo is ALWAYS right. (click for larger image, by the way)

Perhaps Margo is right. Am I insane? Margo is ALWAYS right. (click for larger image, by the way)

I really hate it when things I’ve given up on get the axe. Apparently, and unless Elon Musk or Jeff Bezos or someone saves it, Apartment 3G is going to syndy comics heaven or something.

It’s really a shame no one cared enough to wrench it out of Bolle and Shulocks rot-inducing hands before they were allowed to run it into the ground. I’ve been begging someone like the new (well, not that new anymore) Dick Tracy team, …read more

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Rose Lemur


Collage on paper
10×8″

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Multiculturalism where it counts


Collage on paper
14×11″

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Motherhood


Collage on paper
10×8″

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Little Girl Lost


Collage on Paper
8×10″

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Elk Bed


Collage on paper
8×10″

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Worthy of S Beckett himself

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If you don’t know where you’re going I can’t tell you where you are.

Cosmic! Simply cosmic!

Here’s someone else who doesn’t know where she’s going.

But it’s not even remotely cosmic. Feh.

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Form an orderly line, ladies

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Ian Cameron, Ph.D. is back on the market.

Paging Mary Worth, paging Mary Worth.

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